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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Summer Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 25 Jun
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3.
Sat 29 Jun
International Mud Day
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

This holiday brings people together from around the globe for one purpose: to get dirty. Wade in our mud pool, cook up a pie in the mud kitchen, create a mud masterpiece, and more! All ages welcome.
Sat 29 Jun
Art in the Park: Pottery Series
Saturday, June 29, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create with us! Please RSVP to each individual date that you plan to attend by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

[6/29] Pottery Series: Hand craft your own pottery out of clay from Staten Island with ceramic sculptor Eder Perez for the first class in this two-part series. Part 2 will take place July 27th. Best for ages 10 and up.

Registration: Required
Tue 02 Jul
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Ages 0-3
Sat 13 Jul
Alien Invaders
Saturday, July 13, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Have you ever heard the term, “invasive species?” Learn what that means, learn about those present in our Park, and help to remove them in honor of New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week. Best for ages 5 and up. Please RSVP.

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